McFadyen memorial stone at Gleniffer via Bellingen.
New Schooner.-On Saturday evening,
the schooner Bonny Dundee, of about
ninety tons register, entered Port Jackson,
thereby completing her maiden trip from
Trial Bay in about thirty hours, and bringing
a cargo of upwards of 40,000 feet of cedar
(all sold) from the Bellinger River, where she
was built by Messrs. Ross and Derbyshire,
within the last nine months. She was
launched at J. Robertson’s station, on the
7th ultimo, in the presence of a large number
of the aborigines, who had assembled to see
the big thing go into the water, nearly all of
whom within a few minutes after she left
the slips were to be seen swimming around her.
The Maitland Mercury… Wednesday 1 April 1846, page 3.
THE MURDERS BY THE BLACKS AT THE
BELLINGER.-Yesterday morning the cutter
George, Captain Taite, arrived from the Bel-
linger River, and brought the following addi-
tional particulars respecting the murders
committed in that district by the native
blacks. About the 17th ultimo a child be-
longing to Thomas Wood, a sawyer, went out
to gather wild strawberries, and soon after
returned home in a fright,, stating that she
saw Mrs. Devlin lying very still in bed in the
hut where she and her husband lived. In
consequence of which Woods went to the hut
and found Mrs. Devlin murdered in bed, and
also obtained sufficient evidence to induceHelp fix this text!
him to believe that she had been murdered
by the blacks. Several of the children living
about the place subsequently stated to Woods
how they had seen the blacks behaving while
Mrs. Devlin was walking about the place.
On searching near the saw-pit where Shean
and Devlin had been at work, their bodies
were found covered over with a quantity of
bark, and dreadfully mutilated, a black fel-
low’s spear having passed through Shean’s
arm and through his body, while Devlin was
perforated by several spear wounds through
the thighs, and also through the arms. it was known that Mrs. Devlin had an infant
about nine months old, a search was com-
menced for it, and after three days the help-
less being was found lying in the bush at a
short distance from Devlin’s hut, and a large
cat belonging to the father apparently doing
its utmost to keep the infant warm. The in-
fant was immediately after removed from the
spot where it was discovered, and every
means resorted to to prolong its existence,
but without success, as it died on the follow-
ing day. Mr. Commissioner Massey having
received information of the above circum-Help fix this text!
stance, had the Border Police turned out for
the purpose of having ” Blue Shirt,” an ab-
original, and several others of the same tribe,
secured, but without success. It appears also,
by the intelligence per the George, that the
M’Leay blacks are spearing the cattle all
round the Bellinger district, and that upwards
of one hundred and twenty sawyers, who
were cutting cedar in the vicinity of that
river, have left the grounds, in order to avoid
the fate of Shean and the Devlins.-Sydney
Herald, April 9
The Maitland Mercury… Wednesday 25 March 1846, page 2.
BY PUBLIC AUCTION,
On SATURDAY next, the 27th instant, at 1 o’clock
Alongside that Vessel, on the New Wharf,
THE Schooner “REBECCA,” 74 1644-3500 tons :
she was built at Bellinger River, New South
Wales, in the year 1846 ; is constructed of the very best
materials ; fitted up, without regard to expense, with.
patent pump, &c. ; has a very light draught of water
(fitting her admirably for the Melbourne or Port Albert
trades.) She is a first-rate vessel for the cattle trade ;
has brought from Sydney 100 tons of cargo, and is well
found in every description of stores.
Her sailing qualities can be the better appreciated
from the fact of her having kept pace with the Louisa
since she has been established in the Sydney trade.
Purchasers are requested to make a minute inspection
of her previous to the sale.
The Courier (Hobart,… Wednesday 24 March 1847, page 3.
The Bridge at the Never Never in the Gleniffer Valley out of Bellingen. 2008.
FROM MORETON BAY COURIER JUNE 8 1850.
- TALES OF A NEW ANIMAL as described by Mr Bunce. A River Creature.
- THE MURDER OF CONSTABLE MACNAMARRA
- A MURDER ON THE BELLINGEN
- ROBBERY BY MR BEDDOME. GOVERNMENT OFFICER AND HIS ATTEMPT TO ABSCOND.